Over the past few months I have received a number of queries from members of our server’s Horde Faction regarding whether or not we, Monolith, were (or would be) offering to sell Lich King titles, as was being done on the Alliance. When I started getting the queries a few months back, I opened it up to the guild on if this is something that they wanted to offer or not. There was some discussion on it, with people on both sides of the fence on the matter, and ultimately it was decided that it was not something that we would offer at that time.
However, I continue to receive queries from people seeking to experience the Lich King, and are desperately willing to do whatever it takes to do so.
Today, someone opened the thread back up for discussion in the forums, so I have been giving it more thought again.
The last time that we discussed this, there were three big arguments against doing so:
1) If people want the title they should earn it. To offer to “sell” it belittles the achievement of all those that spent the time to learn the encounter.
2) Once the buff reaches 30% everyone will be steamrolling Lich King anyhow, and PuGs will be killing good ol’ Arthas with no trouble. It will be available to people if they wait.
3) We, as a guild, need to clean up our performance on the encounter (so as not to embarrass ourselves) before we consider offering this as an option to the server.
I think all three of these concerns/commentaries are viable objections to the question “Do we want to fill this gap” at the time the question was discussed. Two months have passed since we discussed this as a guild; and because I’m still getting queries, I wanted to go back and explore this a little more.
People should earn the title, not pay for it. I am a little bit back and forth with this argument. I do believe that the title represents your successes as a guild. That it is proof that you had the fortitude it took to kill The Lich King, and that you put forth the requisite effort to achieve the final encounter of this expansion. Yet, as the title becomes more prevalent amongst the player base, doesn’t it lose some of its value, its uniqueness? And if that is the case, then doesn’t this argument lose some of its weight?
That being said, I also understand that there are a lot of people out there that find themselves in a position, for one reason or another, that they do not have the opportunity to experience the Lich King encounter. It could be because their guild fell apart, it could be because they don’t have the playtime available to them to raid, it could be because their guild was hit hard by summer and they can no longer field raids. A good number of the people that talk to me want the experience of defeating Arthas more than they actually want the Lich King title. They want to have the opportunity to “beat the game”. And they are looking for a means to accomplish that feeling of completion. I get that, I really do.
I wonder what people would say if we offered two people a week from the server the opportunity to come in and kill the Lich King with us, free of charge. Just as a “thank you” to the server community that we have been a part of for 5 years. Would the same objections exist?
Once the buff reaches 30% even PuGs will be killing Lich King! I’m going to be 100% honest here…I never believed this. Ever. The ICC Buff does a lot of things to help a raid push through hurdles that they have been experiencing in the zone, but one thing it doesn’t do is correct stupidity and situational awareness. And it certainly does not teach you the mechanics of an encounter.
I mean, come on…how many times did you want to reach through the computer and beat the shit out of the person that just dropped that defile in the middle of the raid? Yea…no amount of buffing is going to teach you Defile. No amount of buffing is going to teach you positioning.
And when push comes to shove, dealing with Defile is quite honestly 80% of the challenge associated with the fight.
Let me give a really good example from an experience I had last night: One of the guys in guild chat asked “is anyone free to help with a Lich King 10 kill, we have an 11/12 instance”. The raid had seven people that have been part of our core progression team and have killed the Lich King regularly in our 25 man raids. Mostly alts, but people with experience with the fight. Of the remaining three people, two of them had some Lich King experience, but not a kill. One of them had zero Lich King experience. It took us almost three hours to get that kill done. Six people in the raid became 10 man Kingslayers.
We didn’t struggle because we were lacking on the DPS to get it done. We didn’t struggle because we were failing at tanking and healing to get it done. We struggled because we were struggling with the mechanics of the encounter. And the majority of our raid had LK experience!
Just as you never really saw true “PuG”s killing Yogg Saron, I very much doubt you will see many true PuGs get the Lich King down.
Before we bring guests into our house, we need to clean up the mess! Of all of the oppositions, this is the one I agreed with the most. We certainly aren’t perfect, but sometimes we have our special moments, and I’d hate to have brought someone into our raid to have them experience wiping to the Lich King repeatedly…even if it did give them an “authentic” experience.
While our performances aren’t always pristine, we have undoubtedly cleaned them up sufficiently enough that I think we could probably bring in outsiders without embarrassing ourselves…much. Of course…I think 90% of the people who came in wouldn’t have cared if there were wipes, as long as they walked out with a kill.
So, what is in a title? When it comes down to it, what is in the title “the Kingslayer”? Does it devalue it to offer it, either for free or for a fee, to those who haven’t “earned” it? If you were in a position to offer the experience to others, would you?